*Flower Drum Song: was the eighth stage musical by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Leading showgirl, Linda Low sings "I Enjoy Being A Girl"
*ERA: Equal Rights Amendment was written in 1923 by Alice Paul, suffragist leader and founder of the National Woman's Party.
*NOW: National Organization Of Woman founded in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women.
I enjoy being a girl. So why can't I wear my heels and get paid the same as the guy in loafers? Currently, women are paid 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. Women workers have been making between 70 and 80 percent of male salaries for the last two decades. The Equal Rights Amendment was written in 1923 by Alice Paul, suffragist leader and founder of the National Woman's Party. She and the NWP considered the ERA to be the next necessary step after the 19th Amendment in guaranteeing "equal justice under law" to all citizens. The ERA was introduced into every session of Congress between 1923 and 1972, when it was passed and sent to the states for ratification. The seven-year time limit in the ERA's proposing clause was extended by Congress to June 30, 1982, but at the deadline, the ERA had been ratified by 35 states, leaving it three states short of the 38 required for ratification. It has been reintroduced into every Congress since that time.
The states whose legislatures have not ratified the ERA are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia.
Did you know it was law that women could not lift more than 30 pounds? Thanks to a key lawsuit in Georgia on behalf of Lorena Weeks, a woman employed by Southern Bell Telephone & Telegraph Co., whose application to become a router was denied on grounds that the position was only for men and to boot, the law said women couldn't lift anything heavier than 30 pounds and the job required the employee at times to lift 31 pounds. Weeks turned to National Organization Of Women and got Sylvia Roberts as her lawyer. After three years of litigation, an Atlanta judge in 1969 handed down a landmark decision that banned laws that applied only to one sex.
“Turning to the merits we observe that there is no dispute that Mrs. Weeks was denied the switchman's job because she was a woman. Not because she lacked any qualifications for the job. The job was awarded to the only other bidder for the job, a man who had less seniority than Mrs. Weeks. Under the terms of the contract between Mrs. Weeks' Union and Southern Bell, the senior bidder is to be awarded
the job if other qualifications are met.
That takes care of that. What must we do now ? Leap tall buildings in a single bound? Okay. I'll do it. But, I insist on a more flattering superpower outfit - red, blue, and yellow are not my colors. I'm a winter. I like the look to the right. Who says I can't be feminine and be a feminist? Furthermore, after all my daily heavy lifting I need a swanky place to come home to. See example below. I do so love being a girl, even tho it takes some upkeep. Both our person and our rights need to be tended to.
If you have about 5mintues to spare, watch this from the movie Flower Drum Song. Oh My!